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Below is a list of all CHIRP permanent staff.

Ian Dugmore
Chief Executive

Much of my career has been spent as a pilot flying Phantoms and Tornados in the Royal Air Force.
My career highlights included commanding No 617 Squadron – The Dambusters – and commanding Royal Air Force Marham. Military careers include a variety of ground appointments and my final job in the Service was Director of Aviation Regulation & Safety; there my responsibilities included receiving confidential safety reports in a role similar to that of CHIRP.



Captain Jeffrey Parfitt FNI
Director (Maritime) 

Jeff is a professional mariner with a career that spans four decades. In 1976, he commenced his seagoing career with Shell and served on tankers and general cargo ships until 1990 when he took a shore position as a government specialist investigator.

In 1996, he returned to the offshore world of dynamic positioning with Co-Flexip Stena and Subsea7, serving on dive/subsea construction vessels operating in the North Sea and on a global basis.

Most recently, Jeff has operated as a consultant to the offshore and global maritime insurance industry.

Jeff is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He has an informed
passion for safety at sea, borne out of first-hand experience, and a continued drive for environmental protection



Stephanie Dykes
Administration & Cabin Crew Programme Manager

Stephanie joined in May 2012 after working for an airline for the previous 8 years. She started her career in aviation in 2004 working for bmi British Midland International as a Customer Service Agent based at London Heathrow. After 3 years she moved to the Flight Training Department, based in the Stockley Park Training Centre working as the Flight Training Administrator organising the cabin crew and flight crew training.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, her principal responsibilities are to ensure the smooth running and administration of the CHIRP Office along with the analysis and administration of the CHIRP Cabin Crew Reporting Programme.  In October 2018, she was appointed Company Secretary of CHIRP.


Captain Ian Shields
Maritime Advisor

Captain Ian Shields joined Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd in 1974, progressing through the ranks to Chief Officer and gaining experience in Oil Tankers, LNG, Chemical Tankers and Bulk Carriers en route. Ian spent a three year period ashore as Operations Superintendent in the early 1990’s, this being particularly focussed on the Company’s VLCC fleet, thence returned to sea, and was promoted to Master in 1997.

Ian spent a five year period from 2004 Training and Auditing on all current HSSE Industry issues within the Shell Fleet before coming ashore in 2009. In 2010 he worked in Dubai alongside the Royal Navy, where he was the first Merchant Navy Liaison Officer to the UKMTO.

Ian held the role of Technical Security Advisor in OCIMF for two years from February 2011 and in June 2013 changed focus to the Nautical Advisor role within the OCIMF Secretariat. Ian works as an independent maritime consultant from January 2016.

Ian was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service in October 2018.


Captain Alan Loynd FNI FITA MCIArb BA(Hons)
Maritime Advisor (Hong Kong)

After serving with the RFA, Alan joined the Swire Group and sailed with China Navigation and Swire Pacific Offshore. He then joined HK Salvage & Towage, where he spent 20 years as mariner, salvor and manager before founding his own consultancy in 2007. He is a founder member of the International Tugmasters Association, and served as Chairman from 2012 to 2015.

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